Friday, June 28, 2013

USS Oklahoma Memorial, Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

429 crewmen of the USS Oklahoma were killed on December 7, 1941, when the ship capsized from battle damage sustained during the Japanese raid.  Next to the USS Arizona, the USS Oklahoma represents the greatest number of lost lives of the battle.  This monument to her dead is on Ford Island, and has only been open to the general public in more recent years, given that Pearl Harbor remains an active Navy installation.

Unlike the USS Arizona, the USS Oklahoma was raised, but it was not reconstructed as had been planned.  It was scrapped in 1944, and the hulk sank while being moved in the open ocean in 1947.

A note on these photos, they're admittedly not very good, as they were taken from a bus, but it was my only opportunity to photograph the monument.

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USS Arizona Memorial.

National Park Service Pearl Harbor Memorial.

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